Appeal to identify man recovered from canal in 1981

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Artist's impression of the unidentified man / Metropolitan Police

Detectives are appealing for help to identify a man whose body was recovered from water in 1981.

Forty years ago this week, at the Grand Union Canal in Southall, the body of a man was pulled from the water. His death was not thought to have been suspicious.

Despite extensive enquiries made in May 1981 and continued efforts over the past four decades, the man was never identified.

Officers hope that this appeal, which forms part of a cold case review, may prompt someone to think about a family member or friend that they lost touch with forty years ago who looked similar to the artist’s impression that was compiled based on how the man looked at the time of his death.

He was a white man, 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, aged 25 to 30 years old, with thick brown hair worn short, with a slight beard. He also had crooked teeth and a small scar on his stomach.

PC Maddie Kerketta, from the Met’s West Area Safeguarding Unit, said: “This man was a son to someone, a family member and likely a friend to others. There may be a family somewhere who have spent years wondering what happened to their loved one. If you can help us finally identify him so that his family and friends can be notified please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

Anyone with information which may help identify this man can call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 81FOU000002.